• Monday, October 29, 2018 10:12 AM | Kerri Gianazza (Administrator)

    In light of the recent mailing of suspicious packages please see Airport Bulletin 18-13.pdf regarding Heightened Security Awareness. 

    Please contact Airport Security at 914-995-2748 with any questions.

  • Thursday, July 05, 2018 4:35 PM | Kerri Gianazza (Administrator)

    Notice: Expect VIP movement July 05-08, 2018 in the vicinity of Bedminster, Newark, Morristown, NJ.  Pilots can expect airspace restrictions in conjunction with this VIP movement.  The FAA recommends that all aircraft operators check NOTAMs OFTEN for  mandatory airspace restrictions prior to operations within this region.

    Specific instructions and restrictions are available at http://tfr.faa.gov once the NOTAM has been issued. 

    *Depicted TFR data may not be a complete listing. Pilots should not use the information on this website for flight planning purposes. For the latest information, call your local Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF.

    Additional information:


  • Monday, June 25, 2018 7:43 AM | Kerri Gianazza (Administrator)

    Recipients were announced at the 3rd Annual WAA Safety Day Conference

    White Plains, NY – June 25, 2018 – The Westchester Aviation Association, a non-profit organization representing general aviation at Westchester County Airport and Academy of Aviation, a flight school located at the airport, awarded two scholarships in the amount of $3,000 and $7,000 at last Wednesday’s WAA Safety Day Conference to Adam Delitta of Mamaroneck, NY and Luc Piderman of Stamford, CT.

    Luc Piderman was awarded the $7,000 scholarship. Luc is already an instrument rated private pilot and works at Westchester County Airport as an Airport Operations Supervisor. He plans to use the scholarship toward achieving his commercial and CFI certificates with a goal of becoming a Captain for a regional airline within the next 5 years.

    Adam Delitta was awarded the $3,000 scholarship. He is a Junior at Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck and Cadet Commander for a local Civil Air Patrol squadron. Adam plans to use the scholarship toward achieving his private pilot license and eventually to offer flight instruction to other Civil Air Patrol cadets who are interested in becoming pilots.

    The scholarships were named in honor of Bill Weaver, a founding partner of Westair a fixed base operator at the airport, which is now Million Air. Bill has been a long-time, esteemed member of the Westchester Aviation Association and has been an active supporter of general aviation at Westchester County Airport for many years.

    “We were pleasantly surprised with the number of applications we received for the Bill Weaver Aviation Scholarships and very impressed with the quality of the applicants,” said WAA President Eric Faulkner. “The WAA is extremely pleased to be able to assist these two aspiring pilots with the financial means to achieve their aviation goals,” continued Mr. Faulkner.

  • Sunday, June 24, 2018 9:37 AM | Kerri Gianazza (Administrator)

    This bill sets limitations on methods to control wildlife in and around airports and may compromise the effectiveness of these efforts.

     Bill S.6853-A (DeFrancisco) that addresses this critical problem passed the Senate but no longer has a companion in the Assembly. Assembly bill A.8646-B (Hunter) that previously matched the Senate bill has been amended, rendering its provisions ineffective in restoring these safety measures at many of the state’s commercial and general aviation airports.


    NYAMA urges the Assembly to recognize the vital importance of this legislation to public safety and to support the Senate bill S.6853-A or, in the alternative, the amendments proposed for A.8646-B 

  • Sunday, June 24, 2018 9:23 AM | Kerri Gianazza (Administrator)

    Yesterday, the White House and Office of Management and Budget, released a sweeping plan to reorganize the federal government. The plan includes a provision that would privatize the air traffic control (ATC) system. In response, NBAA along with AOPA, EAA, GAMA, HAI and NATA issued a statement (see below) strongly opposing the failed privatization proposal.

     Capitol Hill also responded quickly in opposition to any efforts that would seek to privatize ATC. Selected news clips summarizing the response from Congress are included below.  

     While this latest privatization proposal has already met strong opposition in Congress, we will remain vigilant, and work to support the long-term FAA bill passed by the House and now pending in the Senate.

    Ed Bolen


     GA Association Press Release

     Latest ATC Spinoff Proposal Meets Continued and Heavy Opposition

     Washington, DC – Six associations representing the general aviation industry today issued a statement strongly opposing the Trump Administration for including in its government reorganization proposal a failed idea to privatize the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) air traffic control services.

     “There is a large and diverse chorus of opposition to the idea of privatizing our air traffic control system, including congressional leaders from both political parties, more than 100 aviation organizations, over 100 business leaders, 100 U.S. mayors, consumer and agricultural groups, conservative think tanks, and the majority of Americans. Additionally, this concept has been fully considered in the U.S. Congress and rejected despite years of repeated attempts,” said the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Helicopter Association International (HAI), National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).

     “Instead of focusing precious time and resources on what amounts to nothing more than a distraction to the aviation community, the Administration needs to support a long-term FAA bill, like those passed by the House of Representatives and now pending in the Senate. These bills will take practical and significant steps to address many critical issues like aviation safety, modernization, which includes accelerated advancement of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), and needed aircraft certification and regulatory reform. Additionally, the Department of Transportation needs to continue with its commitment to the NextGen Advisory Committee, which fosters collaboration in an open and transparent manner and helps advance air traffic control modernization priorities and investments.

     “We are disappointed that the Administration continues to reintroduce a failed proposal. Instead, it should put its weight behind FAA legislation pending in Congress that will advance the aviation industry, including general aviation, which contributes $219 billion to the U.S. economy and creates over one million jobs in the U.S.”

     View the complete list of 300 general aviation pilot organizations, state and local aviation officials, airports, manufacturers, labor unions, businesses, management associations and consumer groups that stand united against air traffic control privatization. (PDF)

     News Coverage


    Reorganization Plan’s Air Traffic Spinoff is DOA in Congress

    June 21, 2018 By Shaun Courtney

    • Spinoff dropped from House-passed FAA bill earlier this year
    • Proposal resurfaced again in OMB report released June 21

    An air traffic control spinoff is dead in Congress, regardless of the government’s new proposal from the Office of Management and Budget, the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee told Bloomberg Government.

    The air traffic control system would no longer fall within Federal Aviation Administration jurisdiction under the Trump administration’s plan, but instead would become a non-profit entity “similar to the Canadian system” the OMB report says. A similar overhaul backed by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) had been proposed as part of House FAA bill (H.R. 4) but didn’t advance for lack of support.

     “Isn’t that issue dead?” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) asked when told of the language in the report. Thune is chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which has jurisdiction over the FAA.

    “If the administration thinks the Senate is going to go along with privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system, they’re wrong,” said a spokesman for committee ranking member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). “That issue has been dead and buried in the Senate for some time now.”

    Airspace is ‘Public’

    Congressional action would be necessary to move air traffic control from the FAA, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) told a private gathering at Bloomberg Government in the morning just before the report was released. Moran was an outspoken critic of the spinoff effort when it was still in play in the House.

    The OMB plan pointed to Canada as a nearby example of a system where air traffic control is operated by a non-governmental body.

    “Canada is not even remotely comparable to the volume of air traffic that our country holds,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told Bloomberg Government.

    Collins as chairman of the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee has made funding for the NextGen air traffic control modernization project a priority. The funding is meant to address technology needs and enable better airspace management, Collins said.

    “I view our airspace as public and appropriate for government control and regulations and not something to be turned over to a private entity,” Collins said.


    OMB reorg proposal again floats FAA spinoff

    By Brianna Gurciullo,

    06/21/2018 01:10 PM EDT

    As part of a sweeping government reorganization proposal, the administration is again calling for air traffic control to be separated from the FAA — just months after President Donald Trump put the kibosh on a prominent House bill that would've done just that.

    "Spinning FAA air traffic control services out of the government, to a non-profit entity, similar to the Canadian system, has strong policy merits, evidenced by the approximately 60 countries that have shifted air traffic control responsibilities to non-governmental providers," the proposal reads.

    Rep. Bill Shuster's bill to separate air traffic control operations from the FAA, H.R. 2997 (115), was shelved after the White House declined to help bring GOP holdouts on board with the bill.

    The plan also calls for splitting the Saint Lawrence Seaway lock operations away from the federal government.

    In addition, the Trump administration proposes taking the Army Corps of Engineers' civil works division out of the Defense Department and placing it under DOT and the Interior Department. DOT would be responsible for commercial navigation.

    The administration also suggests giving DOT, instead of the Coast Guard, control over "permitting alterations to bridges and aids to coastal navigation." And, under the proposal, DOT would take over surface transportation oversight from TSA and the job of administering transit security grants from FEMA.

    Finally, the document raises its concern about DOT's Office of the Secretary having "programmatic responsibilities that have traditionally been carried out by operating administrations."

    "Executing these programmatic responsibilities while simultaneously performing its more traditional oversight and management functions has been challenging and has stressed OST's organizational structure," it reads, going on to recommend a study that includes "potential alternative structures."

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 5:48 PM | Kerri Gianazza (Administrator)

    Urgent Message: Oppose Airline Efforts to Control ATC System

    Though a last minute amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill (H.R. 4) being considered in the U.S. House, Chairman Shuster and the big airlines are seeking to create an advisory council that will effectively control our nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system. This is nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt to give control of the system to the big airlines and we must take action today.

    The House will consider H.R. 4 tomorrow, so please contact Congress now and let them know you are opposed to creation of the Aerospace Management Advisory Council in Section 5 of the manager’s amendment.

    Our major concerns with the Advisory Council are:

    • It would operate outside of public view and not be subject to Federal Advisory Committee Act which is designed to provide public transparency.
    • Like the proposed privatized ATC board, airline-related interests would dominate the Advisory Council.
    • Instead of advancing ATC modernization, this Advisory Council creates unnecessary bureaucracy that will disrupt progress on NextGen.               CONTACT CONGRESS

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:01 PM | Kerri Gianazza (Administrator)

     Continuous Random Airport Vehicle Inspections on the HPN SIDA

    In response to a TSA Security Directive, effective immediately, all vehicles vehicle operators and passengers will be subject to inspection prior to entering the Security Identification Display Area (SIDA) at the terminal building. To expedite the inspection process all vehicle operators must notify Airport Operations prior to entering the SIDA. Contact Airport Operations by dialing (914) 995-4850 or use your vehicle radio to contact Unicom on VHF frequency 122.95. Click the link below to view the full bulletin and SIDA diagram.


  • Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:02 AM | Kerri Gianazza (Administrator)

    WAA/ATC Quarterly Meeting Recap/March 2018

    On the morning of March 28, the WAA hosted a meeting with a mix of corporate and light general aviation pilots, and air traffic controllers, to maintain open the lines of communication at the airport. Leading the meeting were WAA Board Member Scott Dyer, Mike Wold,, (Air Traffic Manager/HPN), Demisha Vega (ATC supervisor), Terry Ryan (Traffic Management, NY Tracon) and Jon Norris (Traffic Management, NY Tracon).

    Please mark your calendars: our next quarterly meeting will be on Monday June 11, 2018,at 7:30 pm .

    The focus of the meeting was on SWAP and other routings for corporate operators out of the Westchester area. Below are highlights taken from the meeting to recap some significant information:

    • When SWAP is in effect, and provided that the WHITE gate remains open, it is likely that aircraft with destinations as far south as RDU will receive SERMN (Severe Weather Escape Route Metro NY) routings to the south over JFK and along V1. If this routing is accepted, operators will not be cleared higher than 8.000' - 10,000' and higher routings should not be requested. Plan your fuel load/burn accordingly. While SERMN routes also exist in other directions (west, north and east) they are seldom used.
    • Routings over GREKI may be used on occasion for westbound aircraft, to avoid affected west and north gates.
    • BEADS routings are often used for traffic or weather avoidance purposes for HPN departures for Florida destinations., especially when WHITE is affected by weather or volume of traffic.
    • DUCT (Depart Under Center Traffic) routings, while used in the PHL area and which provided routes to Cleveland center airspace capped at FL220, are seldom used for NY Metro departures.
    • Do not refile IFR flight plans to try to take SWAP gate closings into account, let ATC or your flight plan provider work out the most advantageous route at the time. If you would like something specific, e.g., a SERMN route, or GREKI or BEADS routing, let HPN tower know and they will coordinate to the air traffic organization to the extent possible.
    • Be aware of the departure procedures when departing out of HPN (i.e., the current Westchester Seven Departure), such as the appropriate frequency for departure (ssigned by clearance delivery (which may be different than on the SID) and any special altitude limitations. ATC reports that some departing jet aircraft fly runway heading rather than according to the SID, or do not comply with a 2,000' climb restriction thereby creating traffic conflicts with LGA traffic in the vicinity of HPN at 3,000'.
    • Tower reported that jet and other operators have established a good record of avoiding runway incursions at HPN.
    • Taxiway A in the vicinity of the airline terminal will be closed for 6-8 weeks starting in May and planned to end before July 4. This will necessitate additional crossings of 16/34 by taxiing aircraft for the period of the taxiway closure.
    • The airport is planning to resurface 16/34 in 2019, with details on the scheduled runway closings still being determined.
    • Student pilots on solo flights (local or cross country) are encouraged and expected to identify themselves to ATC. Controllers will keep an extra eye on them, and generally avoid 360s in the the downwind, short approaches and other similar instructions.
    • In response to comments about excessive spacing between aircraft departing HPN, the controllers noted several things: 1) some controller trainees are less likely to approve immediate takeoffs with traffic on final as they gain more experience; and 2) controllers need to plan for the "worst case" scenario, such as an aircraft that is cleared for departure but takes an inordinately long period of time to actually departure while the traffic on final continues the approach. If you are willing for an "immediate" departure, let the tower know. But if that is approved, depart expeditiously.
    • Controllers stressed that 360s on final (especially below pattern altitude) are not usual and will often result in the controller giving the instruction being counseled not to do so in the future. Pilots who are asked to do 360s on downwind and are uncomfortable doing so, such as because of concern that due to limitations on their proficiency the wind aloft may blow them over the runway while doing the 360, should decline the instruction.
    • As always, the Tower at KHPN welcomes visitors. Visitors must have a passport and be a US Citizen. Call Mike Wold at 914-948-6520 if you would like to schedule a visit. Because of the cramped quarters, limit the group to about 5, and quieter times are more advantageous for learning as the controllers can spend more time talking to you.
    • Jon Norris and Terry Ryan encouraged pilots to arrange visits to NY Tracon (US citizens only). Their email addresses are: jonathan.c.norris@faa.gov and terence.m.ryan@faa.gov

  • Monday, March 19, 2018 1:13 PM | Kerri Gianazza (Administrator)

    ATC first began using ADS-B at selected sites in the United States in 2010, and the FAA has steadily expanded integration and use throughout the NAS. There are still some TRACONS in the NAS that require modernization to be able to utilize ADS-B, but the FAA is on track to enable ADS-B use at these remaining facilities before the 2020 mandate. 

    The FAA’s ADS-B network collects your broadcasted ADS-B information and passes it to the ATC automation system. ADS-B data is then combined with other surveillance data (where available), to create a single track of your aircraft for the controller’s display.

    ADS-B messages contain many different information elements that are combined and simplified for presentation to ATC in a way that supports their primary mission of maintaining safe separation of aircraft. This simplified presentation tells a controller whether an aircraft is equipped with ADS-B and whether ADS-B is contributing to the presentation. It does not give the controller any insight into how well the ADS-B is performing or if all information elements comply with the requirements of the ADS-B mandate. Therefore, we discourage pilots from asking controllers for ADS-B performance details since this can add to workload and frequency congestion.

    Don’t Get Left in the Hangar. Equip Now!

    There’s only 23 months remaining before the January 1, 2020 ADS-B Out equipage deadline.

    For more information, please visit the Equip ADS-B website www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/.

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